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Literature for the 21st Century

Discover a generation of authors likely to set literary trends well into the 21st century. Examine such literary issues as postmodernism and magical realism, and consider the controversies over multiculturalism and the nature of the literary canon. Through close reading and nuanced discussions, explore postmodernism in relation to modernism, intertextuality, pastiche, temporal displacement, and other literary themes. Readings include All That Man Is, David Szalay; Swing Time, Zadie Smith; The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead; Thus Bad Begins, Javier Marías; Falling Awake: Poems, Alice Oswald; Nutshell, Ian McEwan; The Blue Guitar, John Banville; and The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • Familiarity with 21st-century literature

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
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